A search is underway for a Boyle County kidnapping suspect considered armed and dangerous.
Kyle Smith, 22, is accused of kidnapping a woman who eventually escaped, according to the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim told the sheriff she was assaulted about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday as she exited a day care facility on East Main Street in Danville. Smith forced her into her vehicle and threatened to kill her, according to the sheriff.
Smith initially forced her to drive away, but shortly after, switched seats so he could drive, the woman told the sheriff.
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The victim said she jumped from the van while it was traveling on U.S. 150 towards Stanford, according to the sheriff. She called 911 was transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville for treatment of numerous injuries, the sheriff said.
Smith was identified as the suspect and he continued driving east on U.S. 150 after the woman escaped, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle is described as a 1999 Mercury Villager minivan with a Kentucky license plate number of 103JXE, the sheriff said.
Smith is 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 230 pounds with brown eyes, according to the sheriff. He will be charged with theft by unlawful taking of an automobile, kidnapping, robbery and potentially other charges, the sheriff said.
The sheriff’s office said Smith is considered to be armed and dangerous and warned people to notify local law enforcement if they see Smith or know of his whereabouts.